We take a look at Thursday nights (3/10/2019) NBL 2019 match which is between the Melbourne United and the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
When: Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30PM
Where: Melbourne Arena
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
United and the Phoenix kick off what should be a long and healthy rivalry on Thursday night in the first Melbourne derby game.
The preseason was a large success for the Phoenix earning four wins from their seven overseas games. South East Melbourne pulled off back-to-back victories over the Bullets and Taipans last month, largely due to brilliant 20-point performances from Tai Wesley.
United’s preseason was a little more up and down. Melbourne strung together three wins on the trot over the Zhejiang Lions, Shanxi Loongs and Cairns Taipans before dropping a game to the Bullets 102-80. United bounced-back with a 41-point win over the Hawks five days later, but their two-point loss to the Perth Wildcats last week wasn’t what coach Dean Vickerman was searching for.
It’s no surprise to find Melbourne as the heavy favourites in their first game of the home/away season. United hasn’t lost their opening game since 2016/17, and although the Phoenix will more than likely cause a few upsets this year, the occasion might be a little too much in their first-ever game.
Tip: Melbourne United at $1.31
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change